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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Wow, what a days birding !

Wow, what a days birding !

Sunshine the whole journey made the trip to Ynys Hir easy. We arrived just as the reserve opened and in the bright but cold morning air the birds seemed reluctant to come out. The odd Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap sang to greet us as we entered the old wood. A nice find was a Spotted Flycatcher just a short walk from the centre, one of a few birds we saw that day. As the sun grew stronger and the temperature rose higher (with the unfortunate increase in biting insects!) more and more birds could be heard adding to the chorus of songs. A lovely male Pied Flycatcher was heard and then seen and although we could hear several Wood Warblers, initially none could be seen. An elusive Garden Warbler could be heard and eventually came into view to confirm its identification. Now out of the wood and onto the wet meadow we came across singing Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Stonechat and Tree pipit. A Cuckoo could be heard calling but from a far. Closer to the river an over - summering Barnacle Goose was a nice surprise. In one of the smaller wooded areas we stumbled across a lovely male Redstart which gave excellent views. Now off to the last remaining habitat of the reserve, the river estuary. Up to 15 Goosander, 2 lovely Red Kites and a really unexpected male Hen Harrier quartering the far estuary bank made for what we thought would be the final bird of the reserve. However on returning to the centre the friendly helpful staff put us on to a very obliging singing Wood Warbler and although we all developed neck pain, we all had fantastic views of this lovely warbler. A quick stop at the Welsh Wildlife Trust reserve, a few minutes drive away, gave us wonderful views of 3 Osprey as well as Siskin and Redpoll. We'll be back !!